WPIX has its news director in place, but they still have a major ratings problem. That’s not the only problem at the Tribune flagship.
When Amy Waldman officially took the reins, she gained support from numerous newsroom staffers.
However, multiple sources tell Tuned In that Waldman, the eight-year Channel 11 veteran, is losing her cred among the rank and file.
“She has two priorities: herself and what’s for lunch?” one PIX insider says.
While she has had conversations with employees since taking the managerial role, sources say Waldman isn’t actually listening to any of the staffers.
That style falls short compared to previous WPIX news directors. For example, insiders say Karen Scott listened to her group and “would try to rectify” any problems.
They say Bill Carey, a veteran news manager in New York and elsewhere, was straight-forward.
“With Bill we knew where we were headed,” a source says.
After a stellar 30-year career for Sarah Wallace, Tuned In has learned exclusively what led WABC/Channel 7 management to abruptly fire their veteran reporter.
Station insiders say the ugly dismissal stems from a story Wallace worked on several years ago.
Her investigation helped shed light on a man and his potential wrongful murder conviction.
Wallace’s report was fully developed and investigated, but never aired.
However, in February, Wallace was subpoenaed to testify about nonconfidential material in that case at an innocence hearing.
“She uncovered those facts in her investigation of the story and simply told the truth,” an insider says.
The man would not have gotten the innocence hearing without the information that Wallace uncovered from the prosecution’s star witness, insiders say. The man is serving a 25 years to life sentence.
She testified in February and was fired by news director Camille Edwards almost immediately.